Uganda is a lush and beautiful country combining plains and savannah with volcanoes, crater lakes and jungle. Home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, its main attraction are the primates, and is also an ornithologist’s dream.
Uganda is still developing as a tourist destination with plenty of luxury lodges and game numbers rising fast, so it’s definitely worth visiting it before the rest of the world catches on.
Did you know?
- The primates in Uganda are the main draw but there is so much more to this great country with beautiful diverse countryside and the Ugandans are the friendliest most welcoming people.
- Kibale National Park is a beautiful park in western Uganda and has the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa, as well as the most amazing birdlife.
- Uganda has a rich cultural history and you can visit the tombs of the Buganda Kings.
- There are mountains to climb, Mt Elgon to the east, on the Kenya border is an easy walk. Much harder are the Mountains of the Moon and Mt Stanley in the west.
- Visit Jinja for some white water rafting on the Nile.
- Entebbe has lovely botanical gardens on the shores of Lake Victoria.
- Fish for huge Nile perch on Lake Victoria.
- You must try the local dish of Matoke and beans its delicious!
- Temperatures in some parts of Uganda can be quite cool owing to the country’s high altitude, despite its position on the equator. The mountain areas become much cooler and the top of Mount Elgon is often covered with snow.
- The long rains are between March and May and the short rains are between October and November. Many areas are difficult to get to in the rainy season.